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Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven and Matthew Modine as Dr. Martin Brenner in Stranger Things. Netflix hide caption

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'Stranger Things' season finale succeeds by leaning into excess

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A cook prepares borsch at a March 2021 event in Kyiv to promote Ukraine's bid for UNESCO to recognize the dish as part of the country's historical heritage. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'Noir Alley' host celebrates cinema's double crosses and doomed characters

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Simone Biles poses wearing her bronze medal from balance beam competition during artistic gymnastics at the Summer Olympics on Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo. President Biden will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Biles and 16 others at the White House next week. Natacha Pisarenko/AP hide caption

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The Simpsons is the longest running show on television. Production workers who make the show say they deserve the same protections as the writers and animators. Courtesy of Disney Media & Entertainment hide caption

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'The Simpsons' production workers go union, saying they deserve a place at the table

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Minions: The Rise of Gru is the latest movie in the Despicable Me film franchise. Universal Pictures hide caption

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8 books to enjoy at the beach this summer

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Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù plays Mr. Malcolm, the most desirable bachelor in 1818 London. Ross Ferguson/Bleecker Street hide caption

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Ticking down a checklist of qualifications in 'Mr. Malcolm's List'

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Travel the world without leaving your home with these 10 books

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If you like to fall asleep to a soundtrack, we have three great recommendations to help you doze away. Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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A sketch of R. Kelly during his sentencing hearing Wednesday in New York. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

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R. Kelly is sentenced to 30 years in prison

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Our personas at work are not what they used to be. Sarah Gonzales for NPR hide caption

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Listen.

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Mat Johnson is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Humanities at the University of Oregon. His previous books include Pym and Loving Day. Courtesy of University of Oregon hide caption

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Real life or satire? Novelist Mat Johnson says it can be hard to tell the difference

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Left-handed, Elizabeth Cotten turned the guitar so the bass strings were at the bottom, therefore "backwards." She used her thumb to play the melody and her fingers for the low notes. John Cohen, courtesy Deborah Bell, New York/National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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How Elizabeth Cotten's music fueled the folk revival

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